Maik-Jens Springmann

Dr. phil., Postdoc
The Saxo Institute
University of Copenhagen


(photo by Andreas Duerst)

 I was born in Ueckermünde at the Stettiner Haff, Germany. I studied Sport, History and Archaeology at the University of Greifswald, Rostock and London. I have worked at the Dept. of Antiquity Mecklenburg-Vorpommerania, at the Maritime Museum Rostock, at the Södertörns Högskola Stockholm, at the Institute of West Lithuanian and Prussian History, University of Klaipeda, at the Institute of History, University of Greifswald and for other museums and archives. I have a German research diver certificate and have worked as a maritime archaeologist on several shipwrecks and harbour projects. My whole working life I have been interested in boats. I always have one and I have also helped to build several, mostly so called replicas for several museums. Naturally I came in contact with wood as a building material. With my cold-blooded horse I fell trees and transport them to my farm to have it warm in the wintertime. So working for the Timber project is exactly what I was missing.

The most relevant publications: 

Springmann, M-J., 1998. The Mukran wreck, sunk off the Isle of Rügen, Germany in 1565 : A preliminary report. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, Vol. 27, No. 2, 1998, p. 113-125.

Springmann, M-J., 2017. The building and metrology of ships in the transition from medieval to early modern times – free creativeness or constructional and standardised building? Proceedings of the International Symposium of Boat and Ship Archaeology 2015. ed. / Jerzy Litwin. Gdansk, 2017, 75-89.